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Nationals, Marlins to play tonight

9:25: The estimated start time is 10 p.m. Stunning. Grounds crew is squegeeing water off the outfield.

UPDATE, 9:21: Tonight's game might be played after all. Despite standing water through out the field and some light rain still coming, the tarp is coming off and the grounds crew is pouring dirt on the field and raking. There's a small pond in right field.

8:41: Well, the skies opened up above Sun Life Stadium again. It will supposedly let up at about 9:15 p.m., but the condition of the playing field will be questionable at best, dangerous at worst. Still no official word.

UPDATE, 8:35: The rain has finally slowed, but the field is pockmarked with puddles and appears unplayable at the moment. The tarp is still on, too, and there's no sign of the grounds crew mobilizing. Manager Jim Riggleman is walking the field, checking things out. Also, there's no official word of any kind.

The tarp is covering the Sun Life Stadium and a second burst of rain is pelting the park. The game between the Nationals and Marlins has been delayed and, while no official announcement has been made, seems unlikely to begin by even 8.

I'll report any updates in this post.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 30, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
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Yowzah, that must be one big tarp.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 30, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Just call the game already...the field looks down right dangerous and I don't think they have the drainage system that the new baseball fields have...playing tonight would be a recipe for disaster...

Posted by: TimDz | August 30, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

MLB should never have put a team in Florida without a doomed stadium. (There are those who would end the sentence after "Florida.'')

Posted by: nats24 | August 30, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Not sure why they're bothering. Just play two tomorrow. The revenue generated from the 200 people who will stay will probably be negated if not exceeded by the cost of having the game tonight.
Also, "doomed stadium." :) Either a nice Freudian slip or clever wordplay. Thumbs up in either instance.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | August 30, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Nats24: doomed stadium? maybe you mean't DOMED stadium...then again, maybe you are correct to assume that any un-domed stadium is doomed...

Posted by: TimDz | August 30, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

The show, such as it is, must go on...and on...and on.

Posted by: MartinZook | August 30, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

meant...not mean' kickin' in now...

Posted by: TimDz | August 30, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Awesome. I love late games. Maybe they'll go extra innings!

Posted by: ryanem1 | August 30, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

My god, the outfield is in ridiculous shape. I agree, why not play 2 tomorrow? I fear for the outfielders.

Posted by: NatAlbert | August 30, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice that Zimm is a total goofball? He does funny faces on the basepaths and after throws all the time.

Kinda strange, kinda cool, given his otherwise buttoned-up rep.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | August 30, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

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